1. Creator/Author:
  2. Auburn Post Card Manufacturing Co. (10)

Lincoln Mill, Petersburg, Ill.

Creator:
Auburn Post Card Manufacturing Co.
Location:
Indiana, DeKalb County, Auburn
Origin Date:
1913-1921
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.1516
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Cartoons, Broadsides & Ephemera

Description

This Blue-sky postcard features the original mill and dam built at the bend of the Sangamon River in 1829 by James Rutledge and John Cameron, the founders of the village of New Salem, Illinois. In 1831 Abraham Lincoln was hired to take a flatboat of produce to market and gets it stuck on a sandbar near the mill causing him to take notice of the new village of New Salem. The sky on this postcard is hand-tinted blue. An oval inset in the left corner of the sky has a portrait of a beardless Abraham Lincoln taken of him in 1858. A white border surrounds the whole image with the caption printed on the lower margin. The reverse is divided vertically with the left side labeled "Correspondence" and the right side labeled "Address." A handwritten message in black ink is dated 9/7/21. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum